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  • Monday, March 9, 2020

  • Business

  • CCRD

CCRD team members had a meeting with Mr. Ali Toqeer Sheikh, Climate Expert on February 12, 2020. The meeting was organized by Mr. Ali Tawab, Head International Office to explore possible funding opportunities for research projects related to water and climate. Mr. Ali Toqeer was briefed about CCRD's on-going and completed research projects and collaborations mainly with International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). Opportunities for developing research cooperation at regional level in the areas of climate science, mitigation and adaptation were discussed. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head, CCRD proposed 'Vote of Thanks' to Mr. Ali Toqeer for his valuable inputs. He also acknowledged Mr. Ali Tawab for his effort to link CCRD with the climate experts. 

  • Friday, September 20, 2019

  • CUI

  • International Office

Prof. Li Zhenyu, Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China visited COMSATS University Islamabad. This was a reciprocal visit from Tongji University after the Dean Faculty Architecture and Design, Prof. Dr. Samra Mohsin Khan was invited on a visit to Tongji University in the month of May 2019. The objective of the visit was to sign collaboration document between the two universities.

Prof. Li visited Architecture Department of CUI and witnessed an Art Exhibition on display at COMSATS Art Gallery. Following the visit of CAG, a formal meeting was held which was chaired by Prof. Samra Mohsin. The meeting was attended by HoD Department of Architecture & Design along-with selected faculty members of the department. The Head International Office and In charge China Study Center, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch with his team also attended the meeting.

Detailed presentation was given about Architecture department of CUI containing the details of academic and outreach activities. Architectural designs from different student projects and thesis work were displayed. Another detailed presentation was delivered by the Department Chairperson Ms. Ayesha Imdad on Cultural Heritage Projects in South Punjab illustrating how small dying crafts of Sothern Punjab like embellished textile, pottery, bone carving, pit loom weaving etc. are being converted into products aiming to help eliminate poverty from these areas.

Prof. Dr. Li Zhenyu also shared the facts, ranking, working, strong international partnerships and achievements of CAUP. He explained how all the architectural research and development of designs created at CAUP are focused on future, green beauty, digital fabrication and protection of world heritage. 

Following the presentations, a Document of Understanding was signed between CUI and Tongji University. The delegate called on Rector CUI. Different possibilities of collaboration and future road map of activities jointly conceived by both universities were discussed. The Rector presented memento to Prof. Zhenyu.

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  • Friday, May 3, 2019

  • CUI

  • CCRD

The Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), held a Consultative Meeting on Water Metering and Pricing in Pakistan on 26 April 2019, as part of their ongoing efforts to engage on water conservation, in line with the policy measures noted in the National Water Policy 2018.

Under the CCRD “Smart Water Metering and Pricing (SWMP) Project: A Steps towards Sustainable Development”, funded through the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, the Consultative Meeting brought together members of government, NGOs, development agencies and civil society to deliberate on a specific water conservation strategy – urban water metering and pricing.

Representatives from the Federal Flood Commission, Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, LEAD Pakistan, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT), Pakistan Council for Research on Water Resources, were present for the meeting. Technical Advising Team for the SWMP Project, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Kinzelbach, ETH Zurich, and Dr. Haijing Wang, Hydrosolutions, were also present to provide a description of similar thinking in other developing countries where water stress is leading to innovative methods of water conservation.

Mr. Hassaan Sipra, Scientific Officer at CCRD, moderated the meeting. Opening remarks by Professor Dr. Athar Hussain, Head of CCRD, highlighted the key achievements of CCRD in the water sector, including work with UNDP on the vulnerability of the water sector to climate change in Pakistan. Further, Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Principal Investigator for the SWMP Project, provided a snapshot of project achievements, such as the installation of 20 smart water meters in Sector I-8 of Islamabad, a water demand/supply and willingness-to-pay survey of more than 500 households and commercial units, and project expansion potential, as a guiding point for discussion.

The various representatives noted the research scope of the project was strong and gives direction for municipal water suppliers to engage further, adding that the development of a low-cost, indigenous smart water meter would allow for greater implementation of water conservation through awareness raising and data generation. Members of the agricultural sector were keen to see the applications of this project for conservation of water in their sector, while municipal representatives discussed the need to use this technology to target bigger water users, namely private housing schemes and industries. Additionally, representatives made clear that smart water metering has to work with other strategies for water conservation, including drainage discharge measurements, rainwater harvesting and gray water reuse for various purposes.

Professor Dr. N. M. Butt, Chairperson, PINSAT, delivered closing remarks congratulating the CCRD on their project execution, followed by tea and refreshments in the CUI Faculty Cafeteria.

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  • Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • CUI

  • CPS

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Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), CUI, Islamabad is going to a meeting with selected experts on refugees, statelessness, and disaster management on 27 November 2018 at

CUI Islamabad campus.
 The aim of the meeting is to explore opportunities for possible future collaboration in researching these issues. The meeting will be attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam, Additional Secretary/In charge SAFRON; Mr. Idrees Mahsud, Member DRR, NDMA; Ms. Ghazala Mirza, UNHCR; Mr. Waseem Rahman, UNHCR; and Dr. Imran Syed, Head, CPS. 

  • Friday, December 21, 2018

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Wednesday December 19, 2018

Prof. Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies; Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment, Boston University, USA, visited COMSATS University Islamabad on the invitation of Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD, on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain held a one on one meeting with Prof. Adil Najam. In the sitting, possible ways and means of research collaboration between CCRD and Boston University were discussed.  Prof. Athar briefed about the achievements of CCRD in the short span of four years and future endeavors which CCRD aims to achieve in the field of Climate Science.

Later, CCRD faculty joined the discussion and briefly introduced to Prof. Najam about themselves, their ongoing research assignments, collaborations, projects and future programs.

CCRD Faculty sought Prof. Najam’s opinion in getting International funding for projects and collaboration with Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University, USA. Prof. Najam provided his inputs to various queries and conveyed his appreciation that CCRD is the pioneer center on climate change amongst universities in Pakistan and should continue to focus research on climate science.

Meeting ended with a note of thanks from Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain to Prof. Adil Najam for his time and valuable suggestions to CCRD team.